Without a doubt some of the best news of 2019, James Corden took to social media today to announce that Gavin and Stacey will be returning with a long-awaited Christmas special!
Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Moments
The cosy British sitcom is one of our favourite feel-good shows, and to celebrate its upcoming return, we thought we’d take a look back at 15 memorable Gavin and Stacey quotes and hilarious moments.
1) “I have had some wines”
From her witty one-liners to bickering with Mick, Pam is one of the best characters in Gavin and Stacey. And when it comes to drinking wine, we can definitely relate. She wasn’t drunk, drunk. Just had some wines…
2) The OG Carpool Karaoke
Long before The Late Late Show brought the world carpool karaoke, James Corden took to the road as Smithy to belt out one of our favourite Christmas songs. This memorable Gavin and Stacey moment never fails to put a smile on our faces. Fingers crossed the next Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is just as good!
3) The Indian Takeway Dilemma
A scene that perfectly captures a British night in, we’ll never get tired of Smithy’s frustrations while ordering an Indian takeaway. Chicken bhuana, lamb bhuana, prawn bhuana, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and nine poppadums…
“What is it about a group of people orderin’ an Indian or Chinese, that it’s somehow unexpectable to eat your own food that you order yourself?”.
4) Islands in the Stream
A scene that needs little introduction, never forget this iconic performance of Islands in the Stream. Is there a better duo than Nessa and Bryn? We don’t think so.
5) Mick’s Big TV appearance
A hilarious anti-climax and one of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes is from Mick’s appearance on TV. The Shipmans had popped open a bottle and invited round the neighbours for the big occasion…but it wasn’t quite what they’d been hoping for.
“It’s the last thing you expect to find when you come to work in the morning.”
6) Bryn Singing James Blunt
Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend…
7) Nessa as Father Christmas
Nessa as Father Christmas is another of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes and moments. Quick to shatter any dreams of luxury Christmas gifts, we’re sure the children of Barry are still recovering now.
“Oh. Oh. Oh.”
8) Smithy Being Dramatic
It’s safe to say that when it comes to drama, Smithy is the expert. From being heartbroken by Gavin’s honeymoon, to this memorable moment, Smithy was never one to look on the bright side…
9) Pam Getting Caught Out
After a panicking Pam pretended she was vegetarian, she found the lie very hard to keep up. One of our favourite Gavin and Stacey moments is Pam getting caught eating ham…to nobody’s surprise!
10) Smithy’s Big Entrance
Always one to make an entrance, another of the most memorable Gavin and Stacey moments is Smithy’s big entrance with his football chant. So good that even Mick and Pam join in!
11) Nessa and Smithy’s ‘Moment’
The unconventional love story of Nessa and Smithy is something we’re hoping will feature in this year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. This adorably awkward ‘moment’ is one of our favourite scenes, and a testament to just how well James Corden and Ruth work together.
12) Smithy’s Wedding ‘Toast’
One of the best (and worst) wedding speeches to ever grace our TV screens. “I’d like to raise a toast“…*weeps on table*
13) Bryn’s Holiday T-Shirt
A prime example of why Uncle Bryn is so lovable. This well-rehearsed joke had “mixed reviews”.
14) Gavin Surprising Stacey
Back to where it all began with this heartwarming scene from the first episode of Gavin and Stacey. If Gavin hadn’t followed Stacey all the way back to Barry, where would we be now?
15) Pam Loving the Drama
Another relatable Pam moment and one of the most quoted Gavin and Stacey quotes. It’s safe to say that we’re this excited for the upcoming Gavin and Stacey Christmas special!
Our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. A true 1950s icon, fans are still enamored today by Marilyn Monroe’s timeless beauty and charisma.
Monroe was a pinup icon and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Long before the days of social media, the press were fixated on unraveling who she was and fans followed her every move.
But behind the scenes, Norma Jeane Mortenson was humble, shy and longed to start a family of her own. Though she’s best-remembered for her looks, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.
So to celebrate the fascinating life of the world’s best-loved blonde bombshell, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite ‘Marilyn moments’…
1) Marilyn loved to read literature
Marilyn Monroe owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader. Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
2) Marilyn Monroe was just a stage name
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Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jaeane Mortenson, as documented on her birth certificate. Ben Lyon, Head of New Talent at Fox Studios helped a young and ambitious Norma Jeane to create a stage name.
Lyon told her “you are to me a Marilyn” in reference to Marilyn Miller, a woman who starred in musicals in New York. When it came to choosing a last name, Norma opted for her grandmother’s last name, Monroe. And the rest is history!
3) Monroe loved to wear Chanel No.5
If you’ve ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe’s scent of choice was, look no further than Chanel’s first and most timeless perfume. In an interview in 1952, Marilyn Monroe said that she wore “five drops of Chanel No. 5” and nothing else in bed. “I don’t want to say nude,” she said, “but it’s the truth.”
4) She married her first husband at 16
Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe was born, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.
“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love. I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”
5) Marilyn was underpaid for her work
In comparison to her fellow leading ladies of the era, Marilyn Monroe was overworked and underpaid. Elizabeth Taylor was paid one million dollars for Cleopatra, while Monroe earned just $100,000 for Something’s Gotta Give. Jane Russell, Marilyn’s co-star in Gentleman Prefer Blondes was also paid over ten times the amount that Marilyn earned.
6) Marilyn married playwright Arthur Miller
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In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller. The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Miller was simply using Marilyn as his muse.
Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller went on to write:
“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”
7) Marilyn opposed segregation laws
In the 1950s, segregation laws were still very much in force. This meant American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald struggled to reach the audience she needed to really launch her career.
Marilyn used her platform to help Ella land gigs around Los Angeles, promising management that she would sit in the front row of Ella’s shows for a week!
8) Monroe was definitely a dog person
Throughout her life, Marilyn owned several dogs. As a child, she had a dog called Tippy, and her last four-legged friend was Maf, a Maletese terrier gifted to her by none other than Frank Sinatra!
9) She entertained army troops
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In the February of 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit to Korea. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled: ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.”
“It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.”
10) Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio
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Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later. DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.
11) She was notorious for always being late
Nobody’s perfect…and when it came to time keeping, Marilyn’s was certainly an issue. The star was often known to be running late!
12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys
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Though the topic has been debated over the years, many believe that Marilyn Monroe had been romantically involved with both President John. F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.
One of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada told People magazine, “it was clear Marilyn had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack. ”
13) Marilyn longed to have children
Sadly, Marilyn suffered several miscarriages during the life. But the star longed for children of her own. This was clear from the close relationships she maintained with her stepchildren from her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio.
14) And she was very intelligent
Though the “blonde bombshell” stereotype seemed to coincide with being a “dumb blonde”, this was far from the case. Marilyn had an IQ of 168.
15) Hugh Hefner is buried next to her
Somewhat bizarrely, Playboy‘s founder Hugh Hefner bought the burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe in 1992. Starring on the cover of the first issue in 1953, Marilyn helped to shape Playboy into the publication that it became.
16) She struggled with her weight
Though her hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural body shape, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated throughout her career. Her weight changed so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that Beatrice Dawson, the costume designer for the film said: “I have two ulcers from this film, and they’re both monogrammed MM.”
17) Marilyn was close to Frank Sinatra
Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. Supposedly in 1961, Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.
James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It’s also thought that Sinatra expressed his desires to marry Marilyn, but she declined his proposal.
Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, and many believe that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their romance prior to her passing away.
18) She shared out her estate
Marilyn’s estate was valued at $1.6 million when she died in 1962. She left 75% of that estate to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg and 25% to her psychoanalyst, Dr. Marianne Kris. Marilyn also left a trust fun for her mother that was worth $5,000 a year.
19) Happy Birthday, Mr President
Need we say more? This iconic occasion saw Marilyn perform a breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy. Her controversial delivery and dazzling rhinestone dress sent the press into a frenzy!
Of course, this performance fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told her he would leave his family, and Marilyn had said to her friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.
20) Marilyn was a fan of yoga
Decades before doing yoga became an Instagram necessity, Monroe was a fan of doing yoga. She was taught by Bollywood film star Indra Devi, who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.
21) She also enjoyed lifting weights!
Marilyn began to lift weights while she was on Catalina Island with her first husband. It’s said that she studied weightlifting with Howard Corrington, a former Olympic champion.
In 1952, Pageant magazine published a feature on Marilyn’s exercise routine and famous figure. Marilyn shared:
“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”
22) Candle in the Wind is about Marilyn
Elton John’s 1973 hit Candle in the Wind was inspired by Marilyn, and even references her birth name, Norma Jeane. The song empathises with Marilyn’s struggles, particularly the way in which the press harrassed her.
23) Marilyn’s house had been bugged
Following Marilyn’s death, actress Veronica Hamel bought Monroe’s former home. Supposedly, when Hamel was renovating the house she found a system of wire-taps. It was later confirmed by PI Fred Otash that Marilyn’s house had been bugged by the FBI and CIA…scary stuff indeed!
24) Britney Spears has Marilyn’s jeans
The original pop princess was given Marilyn Monroe’s jeans from River of No Return by Tommy Hilfiger, who purchased them for $37,000!
25) Lastly, the ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’….
Arguably the most famous ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ is this scene from The Seven Year Inch. The famous fluttering dress saw the phrase ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ become an iconic phrase through the decades!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the best Marilyn Monroe facts and moments from over the years. We’d love to have you come and stay in our Marilyn Monroe room at Arthouse Hotel.
Our Marilyn Monroe Room
We always have a wide range of special offers available to make your stay truly unforgettable! To enquire further or to book your stay in the heart of Liverpool, simply give our team a call on 0151 236 0166.
We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey this Halloween in Liverpool with a stay in our Rocky Horror themed hotel room after a viewing of the hit cult movie at FACT cinema just across the road.
Rocky Horror has a following of fans who love nothing more than to dress up in full costume when attending special screenings of the movie. Since 1975, scores of people have donned fishnets, sequin top hats, maids’ outfits and butler suits to portray the colourful cast of Rocky Horror.
This Halloween in Liverpool why not book a night at Arthouse Hotel and stay in the Rocky Horror Suite after watching the Rocky Horror Movie being screened at FACT film cinema.
Here are some Rocky Horror themed Halloween fancy dress ideas to get you and your party looking the part.
A mad scientist transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania, Frank-N-Furter has been trying to create the perfect man for his own enjoyment.
He’s come to earth to find playthings for his amusement and brought two “loyal” servants along for the ride.
Frank-N-Furter’s outfit consists of suspenders, a corset, fishnets and occasionally a Dr’s gown and gloves. His makeup is heavy, and he has an old-school Boss tattoo on his right bicep.
Newly married straight-laced Brad Majors is driving through the woods after attending a wedding of friends with his fiancé, Janet.
The car gets a flat and this leads the couple to ask for help at “The Old Frankenstein Place”. When they arrive, they seem to disturb a huge party and instantly want to find a phone to call for help then leave.
Brad’s costume is simply a beige windbreaker, slacks, white shirt and thick-rimmed glasses.
Brad’s fiancé, Janet Wiess is a timid and frightened girly girl who depends entirely on Brad to protect her.
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When arriving soaking wet at the mansion, Janet insists on leaving as she can tell something is not quite right.
Janet’s outfit is again a simple pink dress, blue cardigan and curled blond hair and plain/no make-up.
The Butler of the mansion and fellow Transylvanian, Riff Raff is an alien life form who came with Frank-N-Furter to aid him in his human experiments.
She assists in the lab giving life to Frank-N-Furter’s “perfect man creation” but eventually tires of life on earth wanting to go home Magenta helps Riff Raff with a mutiny against Frank.
Her costume is a maid’s outfit, wild hair and dark red lipstick.
One of the more colourful characters in Rocky Horror, Columbia is a human who was recruited by Frank-N-Furter as first a lover and then an assistant when she was replaced by Eddie, a pizza delivery boy.
Eddie and Columbia eventually fell in love which angered Frank-N-Furter causing him to lock Eddie in a freezer.
Columbia’s costume is elaborately decorated sequin covered hot pants waistcoat and tails with a full sequin top hat to match. Her flame red slicked back hair and winged eye make up complete the look.
The creation of Frank-N-Furter, Rocky is to be considered the perfect man, made from half of the pizza boy Eddies Brain and the “genius” of Frank-N-Furter.
Rocky was purely created for Frank-N-Furters amusement and things go bad when Rocky is seduced by Janet.
To dress as Rocky for Halloweeen is not for the fainthearted and is basically gold hotpants, boots . . . and not much else but a shock of white-blond hair. A bit chilly for October perhaps but a fabulous fancy-dress idea for Halloween.
The frozen and forgotten lover of Frank-N-Furter and Columbia Eddie, a pizza delivery boy, was seduced to stay in the mansion and ended up falling for Columbia.
The relationship cost him his life as Frank-N-Furter became extremely jealous and locked him in a freezer.
During Rocky’s unveiling, Eddie breaks free of the freezer and causes chaos in the lab, scooping up Columbia and riding around on his motorcycle.
Eddie’s outfit is almost like a dead Elvis clad in denim and carrying a saxophone, the all-important scar across the forehead is where Frank-N-Furter removed half his brain.
In other movie screenings all over the world, people have come to the movie dressed as the guests of the mansion, gathered to see the unveiling of Frank-N-Furter’s creation.
The Rocky Horror room can sleep up to six guests in comfy double beds and has an opulent ensuite bathroom complete with rouge red tiling and walk-in shower.
The ceiling is adorned with the ruby red lips from the credits of the movie, which just so happen to be the lips of Magenta (a little known Rocky Horror fact) alongside the lyrics to the opening song “Science Fiction Double Feature”.
Between the fancy dress ideas for Halloween in Liverpool, the Rocky Horror movie at FACT and a night out on the town in the city’s most popular bars and clubs you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable Rocky Horror themed Halloween night ou this year.
International Beatleweek is returning this August in Liverpool. The annual festival see fans from over 40 countries Come Together for the fun.
If you’ll be enjoying the best of Beatleweek this year in Liverpool, we’ve rounded up the most unmissable events and where to stay in style!
Taking place from 22nd August – 28th August 2018, get ready for an unforgettable week with our latest guide…
Beatleweek 2018 – What’s On
Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Taking fans back to where it all began, International Beatleweek will kick off at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. The fun will begin on Wednesday 22nd August where festival goers can look forward to Rock ‘n’ roll all day long with live music across three stages covering the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub.
Thursday 23rd August
On Thursday, the fun will continue at the Cavern Club. Bands and fans from across the globe will gather at the iconic Mathew Street venue for a day of live music.
Friday 24th August
It’s George’s Birthday – Alma de Cuba (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
This year, George Harrison would have celebrated his 75th birthday. To mark the occasion, performers will be paying tribute to George throughout the afternoon, followed by a special finale. Fans can also enjoy live music all day outside on the patio stage.
Alma de Cuba is an iconic bar and restaurant in Liverpool, situated only moments from Arthouse Hotel on dynamic Seel Street.
The Analogues Present “The White Album” – Philharmonic Hall ( 8:00pm)
Holland’s premier Beatles band The Analogues will take to the grand Philharmonic Hall stage and play The Beatles (White Album) in its entirety.
Friday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (Starting at 11:30pm – 5:00am)
The first of the week’s late night parties will showcase live music and bring fans the chance to celebrate until 5am!
Saturday 25th August
Early Days at the Locarno – The Olympia (12:00pm – 6:00pm)
Beatleweek festivities usually incorporate a day out. And this year, attendees can look forward to stepping back in time at The Olympia (formerly known as the Locarno Ballroom).
The Beatles played at the breathtaking venue on Valentine’s Day back in 1963. And this is a wonderful chance to relive the Beatlemania.
The Lennon & McCartney Songbook – Philharmonic Hall (8:00pm)
Hosted at Liverpool’s grand Philharmonic Hall, this special show will feature Beatleweek artists and special guests, celebrating the 60 years of song-writing between Beatles legends Lennon & McCartney.
Saturday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)
Saturday’s party is the perfect way to spend your Saturday night with entertainment until late.
Sunday 26th August
Annual Beatles Convention – Adelphi Hotel (11:00am)
Bringing fans together for a fantastic day, the Adelphi will play host to live music, films, guests speakers, Ringo Bingo and a flea market of unmissable memorabilia.
Guests speakers include the one and only Pattie Boyd alongside Freda Kelly, Tony Bramwell and Joey Molland.
Sunday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:59pm)
The fun will continue at the Sunday Adelphi Party until 5am!
Monday 27th August
Scousechella – Grand Central Hall (Midday – 6:00pm)
The line up for Coachella in 2016 was a great one. The festival saw Sir Paul McCartney take to the stage alongside music icons Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters.
Bringing Beatles fans their very own Scousechella, fans can look forward to six of the best tribute artists paying homage to the star-studded line up.
Fab Four Finale – Hard Days Night Hotel (8:00pm)
Catch the “Fab Four Finale” with live music covering 4 stages at Beatles inspired Hard Days Night Hotel.
Monday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)
With Beatleweek drawing to a close, don’t miss the Monday night party for the last late night celebration!
Tuesday 28th August
Tuesday at the Cavern – The Cavern Club (10:30am)
The final day of Beatleweek will offer one last chance to get your Cavern Club fix with live music across two stages.
Where to Stay for Beatleweek
Arthouse Hotel offers the perfect place to stay for International Beatleweek in Liverpool. Specialising in spacious group accommodation, our themed rooms are fantastic for groups looking to stay in style.
Our Yellow Submarine room sleeps up to 4 guests, ideal for those attending Beatleweek with family or friends. This spectacular themed room features Beatles lyrics above the beds, a colourful submarine print and fantastic amenities including a double whirlpool bath and TV.
John Lennon fans can also make themselves right at home with a stay in our stunning John Lennon room. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover design, this spectacular space captures the creativity of Warhol and Lennon.
If you’d like to book a stay with us for Beatleweek, make sure you don’t miss out on our unmissable hotel offers! Each package is designed to bring you the best of Arthouse Hotel, making your stay in Liverpool as special as can be.
We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you have an unforgettable time celebrating the Fab Four!
My Fair Lady is one of the most beloved musicals of all time and the inspiration behind one of the musical movie themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.
Filmed in 1964 with an all-star cast including Rex Harrison who played Higgins, a phonetics professor with a rather large ego and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a working-class girl from the bustling city of London.
The story goes that Higgin’s believes in his coaching abilities so much he can tutor the cockney twang out of Eliza and therefore make her a well-spoken upstanding member of society.
The two form an unlikely relationship and eventually fall in love, despite social differences and the interference of aristocratic suitor, Freddie, played by Jeremey Brett.
The movie served as inspiration for one of our musical movie themed hotel rooms and the My Fair Lady room at Arthouse Hotel is simply Loverly.
Check out some of the lesser-known facts behind the creation of My Fair Lady the movie, its origins and some of the famous cast members below.
Award Winning Performances
My Fair Lady was released to critical acclaim winning a grand total of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
Renowned for her gracious caring attitude, Audrey Hepburn displayed slightly diva-esque behaviour when she was informed her singing voice would be dubbed. She walked offset in a huff, only to return the following day and apologise to everyone who she had offended.
Age is Only a Number
Middle-aged adults playing high school children was a thing way before 90210 and Dawson’s Creek.
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Eliza Doolittle was only supposed to be 19 in My Fair Lady but Audrey Hepburn was a fantastic looking 35 years old during filming.
Hollywood isn’t wasn’t the cutthroat industry that it’s made out to be today. Cary Grant was approached to play Rex Higgins but he turned the role down knowing he wasn’t right for the it.
Instead, he strongly recommended Rex Harrison for the part and said if he wasn’t cast he wouldn’t even go and see the movie.
Another Role Rejection
Dame Julie Andrews played Eliza Doolittle on stage, just 19 at the time and at the beginning of what would become a blossoming film career.
She refused the role in the movie as she was also up for the part of Mary Poppins and didn’t want the two to conflict.
Delaying Walt Disney
Hoping to boost the career of now Dame Julie Andrews, the wonderful man Walt Disney offered to delay filming Mary Poppins until summer 1964 so she could take on the role of Eliza Doolittle as well.
On Set Interference
The dashing neckties that Higgins wore throughout filming were where crew and costume had stashed Rex Harrington’s microphone.
Occasionally the device would pick up radio conversations from passing police cars reporting crimes or updating criminal pursuits.
A Hidden Talent
Despite being a member of the Eton College choir and being known for his excellent singing voice, directors chose to dub the vocal talents of actor Jeremy Brett who played the besotted Freddie Eynsford-Hill.
His songs were sung instead by a 43-year-old Bill Shirley.
A Very Different Type Of Fair Lady
If we could imagine another in the role of Eliza Doolittle first thoughts do go to Julie Andrews. However, by the time filming came around Andrews was immersed in work with Disney so, if Audrey Hepburn had not accepted the role a third actress was in line.
Super starlet Elizabeth Taylor is said to have coveted the job although its very hard to imagine Ms Taylor playing a common working class cockney don’t you agree?
Devastating News on Set
The 60s was a decade rife with iconic moments in history, one of which was the shocking assassination of JFK.
Announcing the tragedy to cast and crew fell to Audrey Hepburn after she’d filmed the most famous song number of the My Fair Lady movie “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”.
Setting The Perfect Scene
Thanks to the large budget given to the movie, set designers were extra creative with their work which eliminated the need to film outside.
Instead, every scene in My Fair Lady was shot on the sound stages of Hollywood studios.
When it came to naming the movie, directors struggled and at first settled on Lady Liza but because of protests from Rex Harrison, the title was changed.
The inspiration for the new title was the traditional children’s nursery rhyme “London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady.”
An Arresting Beauty
Audrey Hepburn is without a doubt one of the most naturally beautiful women to ever have graced our screens.
It comes as little surprise that when she entered the set in full costume for the ballroom scene, the room fell silent then cast and crew began to applaud, cheer and even shed tears at how stunning she looked.
Blowing The Budget
In the 60s, production companies were spending huge sums of money on making movies.
Only the year before My Fair Lady was made, Cleopatra at 20TH Century Fox had racked up a bill of $35 million, roughly translated to around £350 million today.
My Fair Lady came in at just $17 million, and despite being half the cost of Cleopatra, it was still the most expensive movie made by Warner Bros at the time.
Again thanks to the huge sums of money at their disposal directors hired the exceptionally skilled Cecil Beaton to design the 1500 elaborate costumes for the cast.
His work including the stunning beaded ballgown and monochrome lace Ascot dress for Eliza Doolittle’s character all of which earned him the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
Beaton’s work was so exquisite, and expensive, that the studio hired amusement park trams to transport the clothed cast to and from set to avoid damages and dirt.
Costs Vs Profits
Despite costing Warner Bros under half of what Cleopatra cost Fox, My Fair Lady has grossed $20 million more in profits overall.
In fact, My Fair Lady even made it into the top 100 highest ranking films of all time.
We all assume that Audrey Hepburn was the picture of health, but she had a nasty habit.
Hepburn smoked around three packs of cigarettes a day, much to the displeasure of Rex Harrison who had recently given up before filming started.
Wouldn’t It Be Larvly . . . Loverly . . . Laverly?
A cockney accent isn’t the easiest to replicate, especially not for California born soprano, Marni Nixon.
She had to continuously practice the cockney singing accent when she provided the vocals for Eliza Doolittle.
A feat that earned her the title “Ghostess with the Mostest” as audiences would never see the face behind the amazing talent.
A Mouth Full of Marbles . . . or were they?
Health and safety was still a thing in the 60s so instead of popping a potential choking hazard into the mouth of Audrey Hepburn during Higgins’ eloquencey lessons, grapes were used in place of marbles.
Founded in Greek Mythology
My Fair Lady was based on a play about a mythological ancient Greek sculptor named Pygmalion who created what he considered to be the ideal women out of stone.
The story goes that once the statue was created Pygmalion fell in love with it and on the day of Aphrodite’s festival he wished for a wife to be a living likeness of the woman he’d carved. When he kissed the statue’s lips the woman came to life and married Pygmalion.
My Fair Lady’s Higgin’s is the present day equivalent of Pygmalion, fashioning his ideal women out of Eliza.
A Musical Without Singers
Today musicals are usually filled with the biggest and brightest stars in musical movie making. If you can’t sing you aren’t cast or in the case of Russell Crow in Les Miserable, you sing anyway and get mocked for it.
In the early day’s famous faces were favoured over fantastic voices and therefore musical movies were heavily dubbed. The entire cast, with the exception of Stanley Holloway who played Eliza’s father Alfred had their singing voices dubbed, why wasn’t Russell Crowe dubbed we here you ask? The answer, we just don’t know!
The Dead Penguin Play Mascot
Before My Fair Lady was a film it was a stage play with Rex Harrison still in the role of Higgins.
Apparently, Rex admired the work of the Pygmalion writer Shaw so much that he often referred to a Penguin edition of the play’s script. Whenever things didn’t seem right with the dialogue Rex would bark to stagehands;
“Where’s my Penguin”
After a while, this became a regular command and the crew and directors decided it was time to put a stop to it.
So, one day when Rex gave his usual command a stuffed Penguin was rolled out onto stage instead of his script. The entire cast and crew roared with laughter including Rex Harrison who never asked for his Penguin again.
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This summer, enjoy an unforgettable stay at Arthouse Hotel. The Liverpool city centre hotel is the perfect spot for spending a sizzling night in the city.
Liverpool nightlife is better than ever over the summer months, with an array of beer gardens open for business and unmissable events both day and night.
Sail to sea this summer with a stay in our bright and bold Yellow Submarine room at Arthouse Hotel. This striking room sleeps up to 4 guests and features a double whirlpool bath and flat screen TV.
Paying tribute to the Fab Four, this is the perfect spot for Beatles fans to enjoy a night in Liverpool. The Beatles themed hotel room is one of a kind, celebrating the iconic 1968 film and iconic Beatles song.
So whether you’ll be heading to the Cavern Club this summer in Liverpool or taking a journey to Strawberry Fields, don’t miss the chance to finish your day in style at Arthouse Hotel.
You’ll feel on top of the world in our dazzling Skyline suites. Designed with style, comfort and luxury in mind, this exquisite space is decorated with a fusion of royal blue, gold and white.
Dived into 2 amazing suites, the interconnected rooms can sleep up to 12 people. With a spacious private terrace showcasing breathtaking views across Liverpool, the Skyline Suite is the ultimate summer party destination.
Make the most of the room with a pamper in the giant whirlpool bath before you step out onto the terrace with a glass of bubbly! Whether you choose to stay in or head out and explore, you’ll find the best of Liverpool nightlife right on your doorstep.
Capturing the effervescent glamour of Marilyn Monroe, our picture-perfect Marilyn Monroe room is the go-to destination for a summer stay with the girls! This spacious room celebrates both the Hollywood icon and Andy Warhol’s silkscreen painting Marilyn Diptych.
The bright shades of red create the perfect party atmosphere, bringing guests a stylish alternative to ordinary hotel accommodation. This spectacular room features a whirlpool bath, TV screen, dressing table and large windows letting the summer sun shine in.
Sound of Music
The city is alive with the sound of music this summer in Liverpool! Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning Sound of Music room will sweep you off your feet.
Celebrating the timeless musical movie, this themed room is decorated with a fusion of glistening gold, ensuring you feel like a VIP from start to finish.
The spectacular space features a large screen TV, double whirlpool bath and kitchenette. So, why not see for yourself this summer in Liverpool?
Sleeping up to 6 guests, Arthouse Hotel’s Lips room is ideal for a summer stay in Liverpool. Popular for girlie weekend breaks in Liverpool city centre, our stylish Lips room is inspired by the colourful yet simplistic piece of art by Andy Warhol.
Guests can enjoy the spacious whirlpool bath, perfect for some relaxation. Arthouse Hotel specialises in luxury group accommodation, ensuring you and your friends can stay within the one room.
If you’ll be visiting Liverpool to explore the best of The Beatles, look no further. At Arthouse Hotel, our guests can enjoy stylish, affordable Beatles-themed hotel rooms.
Based in the heart of the city centre, you’ll find the best of Liverpool nightlife right on your doorstep. Plus, famous landmarks and cultural attractions just a short stroll away.
Beatles Themed Hotel Rooms
Arthouse Hotel is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Liverpool. Our range of rooms are themed around music and film, showcasing the very best of pop culture.
We have two amazing Beatles rooms to choose from; our Yellow Submarine room and John Lennon room each offer something entirely unique.
Yellow Submarine Room
Our bright and airy Yellow Submarine room invites up to 4 guests to enjoy waves of blue and fantastic facilities. Inspired by the 1968 film of the same title, Beatles fans can look forward to an array of amenities within this picture-perfect space.
The room includes a double whirlpool bath, Bluetooth sound system and flat screen TV, ideal for those wishing to sit back and relax after a Hard Day’s Night. This spacious room is perfect for a summer stay in Liverpool, especially with friends or family.
John Lennon Room
Designed in royal red, our John Lennon room celebrates both the Beatles legend and the work of And Warhol. Inspired by the Menlove Ave. album cover, this stylish space captures the eccentricity of two of the world’s most iconic artists.
Sleeping up to 6 guests, this dreamy room features multiple deluxe beds, a large whirlpool bath, kitchenette space and Bluetooth. Ideal for hosting special celebrations or simply a special night’s stay, our John Lennon room is one of a kind.
Latest Beatles Attractions in Liverpool
Home to the Fab Four, fans visit from across the globe visit the city to explore Beatles attractions and landmarks. From Woolton Village, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields to The Beatles Story museum, fans certainly never find themselves short of things to see or do.
Museum of Liverpool is now showing Double Fantasy – John & Yoko
Double Fantasy Exhibition
One of the latest Beatles attractions in Liverpool, you won’t want to miss out on Double Fantasy – John & Yoko. The free exhibition is on at the Museum of Liverpool, and explores the creative chemistry of the world’s most iconic couple.
The moving exhibition takes fans on a journey through time, featuring personal objects alongside art, music and film. Fans can also enjoy displays drawn from Yoko’s private collection, which have never been shown before. This immersive experience is one that you’ll treasure.
Unique Beatles Tours
While you’re visiting, why not enjoy a bespoke tour package? The Shankly Experience specialises in themed tours around Liverpool, designed to offer a personal and unique exploration of the city.
The Fab Four and Shanks Tour is ideal for Beatles and football fans. The fascinating tour tells the story of how the rise of the Beatles throughout the 60s ran parallel with the success of Liverpool FC under Bill Shankly’s management.
A Beatles Night Out in Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is situated only moments from Liverpool’s best nightlife venues. From quirky bars to live music venues, you’ll find local favourites right on your doorstep.
Plus, if you want to experience a night out in true Beatles style, we’re only a short walk from the Fab Four’s favourite places to drink in the city. The Grapes and Ye Cracke were particular favourites, and remain just as popular today.
You’ll find The Grapes sitting on Mathew Street, the same street made famous by Beatles landmark The Cavern Club. Meanwhile, discover the charms of Ye Cracke tucked away on the streets surrounding John Lennon’s old stomping ground.
John, Stuart Sutcliffe and other students would regularly meet at Ye Cracke alongside artists, poets and pub-politicans. We’re sure you can imagine the animated conversations and characters to have passed through its doors. You may have even seen a grainy photograph of John and his college friends sitting outside the pub.
Arthouse Hotel Offers
At Arthouse Hotel, we want you to have the best possible stay. That’s why we always have a range of unmissable offers to choose from. Some of our most popular hotel deals in Liverpool include our Stay & Dine offer and Movie Star Magic offer.
Stay & Dine (£119 per couple) includes:
Luxury overnight stay with double Jacuzzi bath
Delicious breakfast in Arthouse Bar & Pizzeria
2-course meal in the spectacular Alma de Cuba
Movie Star Magic (£109 per couple) includes:
Luxury overnight stay in movie-themed room
Latin-inspired 2-course meal at Alma de Cuba
Chilled Prosecco on arrival
To enquire further or to book your stay at Arthouse Hotel Liverpool, we’d love to hear from you today on 0151 601 8801.
Who needs Valentine’s Day when you can celebrate the perks of single life with Singles Awareness Day?
The fun-filled tradition is celebrated on the 14th or 15th February. But at Arthouse Hotel, we’re ready to celebrate all week long!
Singles Awareness Day in Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is a leading party hotel in Liverpool. Our movie themed rooms offer a unique twist on luxury group accommodation.
Situated in the heart of the city centre, you can enjoy the best of Liverpool nightlife right on your doorstep. What better way to start the night?
Rooms at Arthouse mean you can enjoy a pre-night out pamper and get ready with your best girls. Each of our fabulous rooms is impressively spacious, so there’s no need to worry about feeling cramped.
Capturing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, our themed rooms each offer something special. You can choose from an array of your favourite films and icons, from the Marilyn Monroe room to Chicago room.
Stay in Our Marilyn Monroe Room
Our Marilyn Monroe hotel room is truly one of a kind. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s silkscreen painting ‘Marilyn Diptych’, you’ll soon fall head over heels for this stunning space.
The photogenic venue is ideal for celebrating with your nearest and dearest as you toast to the night ahead. Fitted with bright and airy windows, our Marilyn room allows plenty of natural light to shine across your stay.
A fusion of red carpet red and iconic Marilyn prints ignites the most dazzling movie themed finish. Enhanced by fantastic facilities, guests will find everything they could need, including a double whirlpool bath and stylish kitchenette.
Hotel Offers in Liverpool
At Arthouse, we always have a range of special offers to pick from. ‘Here Come the Girls’ is particularly popular amongst our guests at the moment.
So, whether you’re celebrating Singles Awareness Day, a special birthday or even a hen party in Liverpool, you’ll find just what you’re after.
Ready to Hit the Town?
After some tasty cocktails from our ground floor bar, it’ll be time to hit the town and enjoy the best of Liverpool nightlife. From atmospheric cocktail bars to dynamic nightclubs, Liverpool boasts a wide range of bars and clubs to explore.
During your visit, you won’t want to miss out on a visit to Alma de Cuba, one of Liverpool’s best loved bars and restaurants. Famous for its eclectic blend of Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American influences, you can be certain of a mesmerising night out.
Formerly St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the historic venue is adorned by opulent decorations and retains many of its original features. You could enjoy a heavenly night dancing beneath the original altar and exquisite stained glass windows.
Whether you sit back and relax in your very own booth or dance beneath the glistening chandeliers, a night in Alma is always one to remember. The colourful cocktail menu includes everything from classic cocktails to Alma specials. You could embrace the best of being single as you dance the night away with a Victoria’s Secret cocktail in hand. All you’ll be missing is some wings!
To enquire further to book your stay at Arthouse Hotel, you can get in touch today on 0151 601 8801.
Fancy giving your uni nights out a twist? Join us at Arthouse Hotel to celebrate the end of January exams. Situated along Seel Street, we’re based in the heart of Liverpool nightlife. That’s one of the reasons we’re the go-to party hotel in Liverpool.
Specialising in group accommodation, each of our spaces is perfect for hosting groups of guests in search of the perfect night out.
Perfect for Liverpool Student Parties
Treat yourself after all that revision to an overnight stay at Arthouse. With an array of movie themed rooms to pick from, we have something for everyone. Fitted with contemporary decor and luxury facilities, each room is designed with style and comfort in mind.
Our room themes range from the charming Sound of Music room to glamorous Chicago and Marilyn Monroe. Each of our spaces is fitted with fantastic facilities to ensure that your group has everything you could need.
And worry not, at Arthouse we know a thing or two about throwing a party! Our most regular guests are celebrating hen and stag parties, birthdays and graduation. So when it comes to having a good time, we’re your go-to hotel.
Facilities in our rooms can include everything from kitchenettes to large whirlpool baths, offering you something special during your stay. So whether you fancy preparing some drinks before you head out or having a pre-night out pamper, our fabulous rooms have got it covered!
Our Luxury Skyline Suites
The latest addition to Arthouse Hotel, our Skyline Suites are ideal for celebrations with larger groups of guests. The Skyline Suites are perfect for a scenic stay in the city, offering a versatile space to celebrate.
Decorated with royal blues and lush velvet, these dazzling suites are designed for partying in style. The spacious rooms are divided into separate spaces but can be booked as an entire floor. Facilities include a giant bath, private bar and outdoor terrace. What more could you need for the ultimate student party in Liverpool?
Unmissable Hotel Offers Liverpool
At Arthouse Hotel, you can always find a fantastic range of deals to choose from, so you won’t have to break your student budget. Our Ultimate Girls Midweek Break is available for just £89 per person and includes a luxury overnight stay, 2-course meal, drinks masterclass and tasty breakfast in the morning.
This unmissable deal is available from Sunday-Thursday. So, why not make one of your midweek nights something special?
Liverpool Student Nightlife
Liverpool nightlife is famous for its dynamic student scene. Whether it’s a Monday night or the weekend, there’s always somewhere to go. Situated within the hotel you’ll find Mulholland Bar, one of the best Liverpool student bars in the city, serving up cheap and cheerful cocktails, steins, pizza and hot dogs.
Just across the street, head to Alma de Cuba, Heebie Jeebies and Brooklyn Mixer for an unbeatable night out in Liverpool. Seel Street’s diverse bars and clubs offer something for everyone, so whether you’re in search of cheesy pop or R&B, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone if the night ends with fat frogs in The Raz!
To enquire further or to book your end of exams hotel stay in Liverpool, simply get in touch today on 0151 601 8801.